With the pomegranates sitting in refrigerator for over a week, I knew I had to make something soon before they perished. I am not really fond of eating pomegranates coz I find their seeds somewhat annoying; I rather prefer having pomegranate juice. But two poms meant probably a glass of juice for just one person. And there were four of us at home that day. Since I had bought plenty of limes that week, the idea of making a Pomegranate Limeade suddenly hit across. Though I have had it at a restaurant but I have never tried making it before.
I was excited with the prospect of trying it in my own kitchen. My daughter, equally excited, joined me in! She helped squeeze the limes (whatever juice she could manageJ) whereas I peeled and deseeded the pomegranates. I got the flavours right for us by trying out what suited our taste. We preferred the drink a little bit on the sweeter side but you can adjust the amount of sweetness or tartness according to your taste.
Instead of mixing the two juices together, I filled the glasses one-third with ice and poured the limeade over it till the glass was two thirds full. Over it, I gently added the pomegranate juice. Pomegranate juice stayed over the limeade and gave a beautiful layering of sorts. This way you can serve this as an impressive looking ‘mocktail’! But before I could click the pics of all the glasses, my daughter stirred them ‘just for fun’ J (that’s the answer I received when I asked her why did she have to stir the liquids) Though one tall glass remained untouched (check pic at the end of the post)
I used the following proportions to make approximately 5 glasses:
250 ml pomegranate juice (strained if you are using freshly squeezed)
½ cup concentrated lime juice
3 cups water
6-7 tbsp granulated sugar
Plenty of ice cubes
In a pan add the water and sugar. Put it on heat and stir the contents.
Let the water boil for a minute or so. Remove from heat and let it cool.
Strain the sugar and water solution and add lime juice to it. (I also added a little bit of black salt to it at this stage)
In individual glasses add ice (about 1/3 full or more) and then pour the lime juice solution over it (about 2/3rd glass full). Over the lime juice gently add the pomegranate juice.
Garnish with lime slices and mint leaves.
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